Part 39: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?

Each day we run three of your responses to the question: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?

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1. NM Nayar, India says:

“I would like to see more funding to adapt research to small farmers’ situations, but not in the way it is being done now, which is top-heavy and top-expensive. Salaries and related overheads shoudn’t exceed one-third the budget. See the way “Aid” and expenses are being done in Afghanistan, in Iran, etc!”

2.  Abe Agulto, Philippines says:

“In the case of the Philippines, where agriculture is still (and will be) the dominant industry, funds must be directed towards the strengthening of  infrastructure that will improve productivity that will eventually give rise to the quality and quantity of farm produce and prices. Foremost would be the updating of transportation and communication channels.  I believe that the government and development managers are still clinging to the old, traditional farm to market roads, promoting high mechanization, high input programs, etc.  Focus should now be more concentrated on improving small holding farming families or groups that are currently producing highly specialized products. Efforts should be directed to identify these localities.  Ultimately the funds for  these “small enterprises” will enable them to succeed in their chosen activities.   They will be the centers of development in their locality, which may probably ease the urban migration problem. Education and skills development should be the primary strategy of any funding for agriculture.  The prevailing knowledge revolution should lead to and transform and empower farmers into more apt solutions and methods of productivity, marketing strategies and instrumentations (internet, twitter, etc), and finance management of their local industry.  Filipino farmers should be re-educated to adopt to these ongoing developments.  With these, new agricultural technocrats must be trained to handle the transformation process. This is where should agricultural funding should be directed to.”

3. Paul Yao Kpai, Enviromental Development Youth Movement (EDYM), Ghana says:

“I am of the opinion that governments should control funding of CSOs and be more committed to the MDGs than paying lips service to them. Policy implementers must also take into account the private sector as being the engine of growth and be aware that NGOs/CSOs are complementing the efforts of government.”

To read more responses see:

Part 34: Victor Gatonye Kuria (Kenya), Ahamad Kyaruzi (Tanzania), & Frank Place (Kenya)
Part 35: Michael Misiko (Benin), Emmanuel M. Haambote (Zambia), & Anton Ferreira
Part 36: Robert Goodland (USA), Yao M. Afantchao (USA), & Queresh Noordin
Part 37: Richard Twine (UK), Yiching Song, & Abdelmunem Ahmed (Palestine)
Part 38: Bruce Murphy (Australia), Richard Haigh (South Africa), & Paul Van Mele (Benin)

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